Crowds Turn Out for 29th Annual Jubilee

The venue was elegant and the crowd was definitely dressed to match. Those lucky enough to score a ticket for the 29th Solano Wine & Food Jubilee were treated to an opulent evening of plentiful food, wine, brews and raffle-winning festivities at the Sunrise Event Center in Vacaville on Saturday, April 23.

And, even though the Raffle's grand prize winner wasn't actually at the Jubilee, Lydia Abad learned she won the top prize – a brand new car — about 15 seconds after her winning ticket was pulled. The NorthBay Healthcare executive assistant was called at home with the good news by co-worker and friend Sylvia Spanos, executive assistant to Gary Passama. Lydia was faced with the enviable decision of choosing between a 2016 Buick Encore, Nissan Altima or Hyundai Sonata, donated by Rami Yanni, general manager of the Vacaville dealerships. Lydia chose the Nissan Altima, and took the keys to her new car less than a week later.

The Sunrise Event Center was filled to capacity for the Jubilee, as about 1,500 ticketholders were served an array of tasty bites and sips from 65 vendors.

Hurley's of Yountville always draws a crowd, and this year was no different as Chef Bob Hurley doled out cups of truffle-scented polenta topped with braised wild boar and crispy onion rings. Rubio's was another popular stop on the tasting trail, as staff handed out shrimp tacos. Fenton's offered four flavors of ice cream, and Brass Tap served cheese-covered pretzels. Other vendors offered salads, pastas, cheesecake bites and flavored olive oils. Wineries poured their award-winning best, as did several craft brewers.

This was the second year the Jubilee was held on a Saturday, but the first year for the Sunrise Event Center in Vacaville. An informal survey of both ticketholders and vendors indicated the venue was a big hit.

In addition to all the food and beverage tastings, ticket-holders were able to browse among items in the silent auction, and then move into the VIP section to dance to Rhythm Method 4.

The evening could not have happened without the tireless work of many volunteers, noted Jane Hilliard, director of Volunteer Services. In all, dozens of volunteers signed up to help Sunrise Event Center staff set up, serve and tear down tables, chairs, displays and more.

When raffle, silent auction and ticket sales were tallied, the event raised more than $337,000, according to Brett Johnson, president of NorthBay Healthcare Foundation.

“Our 29th annual Wine & Food Jubilee was a smashing success thanks in no small part to the many hands and compassionate hearts that make it possible,” noted John W. Seiden, Jubilee committee chairman and NorthBay Healthcare Foundation board member. “None of this could happen without our very generous vendors and sponsors, as well.”

2016 Annual Jubilee